Construction Industry News: New Amtrak Tunnel Construction Project Announced

Construction Industry News: New Amtrak Tunnel Construction Project Announced

A major $4 billion blueprint was just presented by the Biden Administration as part of the expansive infrastructure law passed last year. What could be the project with such a massive price tag? It’s the 150-year-old Amtrak rail tunnel in Maryland. As the latest project in the federal government’s bid to overhaul crumbling US concrete infrastructure, the new Frederick Douglass Tunnel will completely replace the Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel (B&P).

Amtrak justified the need to replace the existing tunnel, the oldest rail tunnel in the U.S., “from a variety of age-related issues such as excessive water infiltration, a deteriorating structure… no fire and life safety systems that help keep passengers safe in the event of emergencies, and excessively costly maintenance is required.”

Amtrak will soon replace the oldest rail tunnel in the U.S. in a massive project utilizing funds from the infrastructure law passed in 2022.

The original structure was completed in 1873, and continuously received temporary fixes from 1910 through the 1980s. However, it’s important to note that none of those repairs were ever intended to serve as permanent solutions to the problem. Now with the state of the tunnel’s crumbling brick,exposed rebar, and hanging conduit, the massive amount of work and resources required to provide a more permanent solution to these major problems is no surprise.

Funding for this long-overdue tunnel replacement, among other important infrastructure updates across the U.S., will come from The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. Many within the construction industry are looking forward to “getting the go” on long-await projects supported by this bill to update our nation’s neglected dams, bridges, roads, tunnels, and airport terminals.

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